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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 26, 2017 5:50 pm

Trine softball bows out of championships


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Trine softball team roared into its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship, but bowed out after two games Friday as it lost 2-0 to Virginia Wesleyan at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

A two-run fourth and the pitching of Hannah Hull led the Marlins in the elimination game. Hull tossed a complete game, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out 10. The All-American improved to 30-3. Virginia Wesleyan (49-3) advances to face the loser of the matchup between Illinois Wesleyan and St. John Fisher in another elimination game at 4 p.m today.

Trine (37-10) got a strong combined pitching performance from Danielle Ray and Hannah Kampmann. Ray fired 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up two earned runs on four hits, walking four and striking out five. She ended the season with an 18-5 record. Kampmann worked out of a jam in the fifth and fired 1 1/3 innings of shutout, one-hit relief work.

A leadoff walk by Cassetty Howerin and a double by Blake Henderson put two on with none out in the fourth. Teresa Cardamone flared a RBI-single to right-center to score Howerin. After a strikeout by Ray, Madison Glaubke laid down a bunt single on a squeeze play to make it 2-0.

The Thunder threatened with two on and one out in the sixth, but a well-executed relay throw to the plate completed a double play to end the inning. Trine also brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Hull shut the door.

Catherine Porter doubled and was hit by a pitch in the final action of her Thunder career. The senior ended her final season with a career-best .342 batting average, .483 on-base percentage, .535 slugging percentage and 34 RBI. She tied a career high with five homers. Porter batted .471 in the NCAA postseason with four RBI.

The Thunder won its second Super Regional title and third Regional title while making its second appearance in the championship. The team's 37 wins are the fifth-most in program history.